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Master of Arts (Education)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Complete your MA in three semesters

The Master of Arts has reduced from 240 to 180 credits. This means you can now complete an MA in three semesters of full-time study. If you study part-time, an MA will normally take three years to complete.

Find out more about the Master of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

With a Master of Arts (Education) at Massey, you can further investigate education issues that interested you as an undergraduate.

Fully investigate your education interests

Massey offers you flexibility in the subjects you study, so you can follow your passions, whatever area of education you’re interested in.

You’ll graduate with great skills - this programme will help your decision-making, and give you a better understanding of developments in education and society.

Complete your MA in three semesters 

Massey’s Master of Arts is 180 credits. This means you can complete an MA in three semesters of full-time study. If you study part-time, an MA will normally take three years to complete.

If you want to be a teacher

Please note that the Master of Arts (Education) doesn’t qualify you to be a teacher. If you want to become a teacher, please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate major in education
  • Want to be involved in current education debates
  • Are keen to investigate a particular aspect of education for a research report or thesis


A Master of Arts (Education) can open up a variety of career pathways. Education is a broad sector where you can work in education-based services or in educational roles in other organisations. 

Possible careers and employment fields include:

  • Policy analysts
  • Educational roles in aid agencies etc
  • Social services roles
  • Government and non-government educational services
  • Research and evaluation in an educational context
  • Policy development

Lecturer profile

Professor Glenda Anthony

“Taking research ideas and making them accessible to the audiences who might use them is a key responsibility of my job. I hope my love of teaching mathematics and belief that all of us can experience at least a little of the wonder of mathematics shines through.

As a member of our Centre for Research in Mathematics Education (CeRME), you will have access to a range of mathematics educators and their research interests. CeRME brings together experts in mathematics education to work on a common theme: the place of mathematics education and its transformative potential in New Zealand, the Pacific region and the world.

The challenge is to support teacher learning so that teachers’ classroom practices improve in ways that are productive for all students’ learning. “

Glenda teaches on the courses 276.782 Mathematics Education and 276.785 Making Mathematics Accessible.

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